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#thalo ART HACKS / ART FACTS -: Transparent vs. Opaque Paint

By nature, some paint pigments are more transparent than others.



To find out if your paints are transparent.

  • Simply draw a line using a permanent black marker. 
  • Then, paint an even coat of the color in question over this. 
  • When the paint dries, if you can clearly see the black line under the paint, then your paint is transparent. 
  • Certain pigments, such as Yellow Ochre (right, image above) are quite opaque. 
  • Alizarin Crimson, on the left (left image above), is a classic example of a transparent paint pigment.
  • Transparent colors are great for glazes, and opaque colors are great for covering things up!